Registration & Breakfast
Meeting People Where They Are At: Community Engagement that Interrupts Daily Rhythms
GRANOFF CENTER, STUDIO 3
Lecture — Ceara O’Leary & Julia Kowalski (DCDC)
The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a non-profit architecture and urban design firm that focuses on community engagement in planning and design processes. Effective community engagement is grown out of relationship-building. But relationships – like everything else – take time. How can an organization build relationships when people oftentimes do not have time or capacity to attend countless evening community meetings? How can connections be made in a way that upends endless, one-sided presentations? How can community engagement become actually engaging?DCDC believes that these answers are found in breaking out of the molds of homogenized business and everyday busyness and by designing engagement processes that respond to the project, process, and neighborhood it’s located in. This talk will discuss 3-4 projects and engagement strategies that disrupt traditional engagement methods as well as people’s daily lives to ensure participation and more equitable opportunities to engage. Each of these projects’ strategies disrupted the rhythms of daily life with interventions that ranged from full- fledged streetscape makeovers to popping up with an outdoor gathering space, to setting up the Roaming Table during a busy market day.
United Nations SDG infused with Human-Centered Design
GRANOFF CENTER, STUDIO 2
Workshop - Dhairya Pujara
This is a fast paced 90 minute workshop that engages participant in learning about the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will get a taste of Design Thinking framework and how they can use it to select goals aligned to their personal interest and skills and create projects around them. Whether you are a student entrepreneur, a passionate problem solver, a curious faculty member or just an empathetic global citizen, this workshop is for YOU!
* This workshop is capped at 35 attendees.
Better World by Design is hosting a Design Expo to showcase the ambitions of local, artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists, and designers. Students and local artists use this space to share work they are involved in, whether displaying or selling individual pieces, sharing and educating about design projects, or promoting creative organizations/businesses/student groups. Come say hi!
Tony’s Chocolonely, Kow Kow
On Sound and Vision: Curating a Contemporary Art Program in a Nightclub
GRANOFF CENTER, STUDIO 3
Lecture - Molly Surno
What if going to a nightclub meant supporting the creation of a new artwork? What if buying a ticket to a concert supported an artists career? Landscape, a new arts initiative, does just that. Situated within Elsewhere, Brooklyn’s hottest music venue, Landscape reimagines the visual arts and how they operate outside of the traditional gallery model. Landscape delivers an ambitious schedule of commissions committed to diversity and visual impact. This talk will explore alternative models for displaying and supporting artworks and how to fund it in sustainable and additive ways. Let’s make some noise by creating an aesthetic wonderland alongside the dance floor.
Designing for Accessibility: Steps Toward Radical Disability Justice
GRANOFF CENTER, STUDIO 2
Workshop - Alex Chen
Why is accessibility important? How are we currently inaccessible and who does that affect? This will be a hands-on workshop that challenges ableism, provides tangible steps to implement accessibility, and looks toward a vision of radical disability justice. We will take inspiration from accessible changes in infrastructure thanks to the work of disability rights activists. Together, we will practice exercises in self-awareness, empathy, and observation to recognize inaccessible barriers and take action to improve. Though the workshop’s focus will be on digital products and websites, people are welcome to focus on physical products and spaces and no coding experience is required.
* Sensitive Material: This workshop will include discussions about ableism on a personal and structural level.
* Bring your laptop to the workshop!
* This workshop is capped at 25 attendees.
* Closed captioning service available.
Create with Purpose
GRANOFF CENTER, MARTINOS AUDITORIUM
Lecture - Pinar Guvenc
How can bodies, objects or built environments serve as catalysts for public awareness on urban, social and environmental problems? Why human-centered, well-educated design is crucial to enable positive impact on people’s lives, while generating public benefit? Pinar will discuss how these questions were addressed in some of the work done at Eray/Carbajo and Open Style Lab, and the design approach of both organizations. Creating with purpose educates the audience, which enables inclusive conversations and diverse collaborations for a sustainably better future.